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  • Mehlum, Halvor

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    (Dept. of Economics, University of Oslo)

  • Moene, Karl-Ove

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    (Dept. of Economics, University of Oslo)

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Divided societies in the developing world experience wasteful struggles for power. We study the relationship between political stability and resources wasted in the struggle within a model of competitive power contests. The model of power contests is similar in structure to models describing oligopolistic market competition. This analogy helps us in deriving results that are new to the conflict literature. We show, for example, that the Herfindahl-Hirschman index can be interpreted as a measure of power concentration and that a peace treaty between Þghting groups have a parallel in tacit collusion between firms in a market.

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Paper provided by Oslo University, Department of Economics in its series Memorandum with number 11/2002.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 16 Jun 2003
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:osloec:2002_011

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Keywords: Violent conflicts; Rent-seeking games; Herfindahl-Hirschman index; Oligopolistic competition;

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  1. Silje Aslaksen & Ragnar Torvik, 2006. "A Theory of Civil Conflict and Democracy in Rentier States," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 108(4), pages 571-585, December.
  2. Mehlum, Halvor & Ove Moene, Karl, 2011. "Aggressive elites and vulnerable entrepreneurs - trust and cooperation in the shadow of conflict," Memorandum, Oslo University, Department of Economics 16/2010, Oslo University, Department of Economics.
  3. Philipp Denter & Dana Sisak, 2010. ""Who's the thief?": Asymmetric Information and the Creation of Property Rights," University of St. Gallen Department of Economics working paper series 2010, Department of Economics, University of St. Gallen 2010-27, Department of Economics, University of St. Gallen.
  4. Konrad, Kai A & Skaperdas, Stergios, 2005. "Succession Rules and Leadership Rents," CEPR Discussion Papers, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers 5206, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  5. Caruso, Raul, 2007. "Conflict and Conflict Managment with Asymmetric Stakes (The Bad-Cop and the Good Cop part II)," MPRA Paper 1438, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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